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Melting glacier in China draws millions of tourists — and climate concerns


Millions of people each year are drawn to Baishui’s frosty beauty on the southeastern edge of the Third Pole — a region in Central Asia with the world’s third largest store of ice. But it’s shrinking rapidly.

Police release images of suspect in a bus stabbing


The victim was taken to hospital for injuries after an altercation broke out on a Viva transit bus on Friday, Toronto police say.

About 2,000 migrants vow to re-form caravan, continue north toward U.S.


“Let’s all walk together!” and “Yes we can!” the migrants cried while travelling through Mexico, defying warnings to turn back this week from U.S. President Donald Trump.

Canada condemns killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi

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Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland reiterated the federal government’s call for a thorough investigation in collaboration with Turkish officials.

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Canadian discount airline Swoop forced to delay U.S. debut


At least two dozen of Swoop’s first U.S.-Canada flights have been cancelled because regulatory approvals have taken longer than expected.

‘Where is the body?’ Saudi explanation of Khashoggi's death is being widely dismissed as a coverup

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As Saudi Arabia’s closest Arab allies rushed to its defence on Saturday, the results of the Saudi investigation into the death of Jamal Khashoggi were being greeted with derision by others.

25-year-old dead in stabbing at Kennedy subway station

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A 25-year-old man is dead after being stabbed inside Kennedy station Saturday night, Toronto police say. Kennedy station is closed for the police investigation and shuttle buses are transporting TTC passengers between Warden subway and…

Construction ‘boot camp’ led to coveted trades jobs. But according to city documents, it also came with racial taunts and humiliation

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Hammer Heads, a Toronto program that helps disadvantaged young people gain access to jobs in the construction trades, has come under scrutiny from both the city and the province for allegations of verbally abusive behaviour and racist…


Man charged in connection with series of arsons in North York

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Police say they have arrested and charged a man, 50, in connection with a series of fires set over a period of five months in the North York area.


A timeline of Saudi statements on the killing of Khashoggi


The latest announcement on Saturday, declaring that Khashoggi had died in a “fist fight” with officials that came to see him there, increased criticism over Saudi’s handling of the case and concern over the kingdom’s possible complicity in…


U.S. to leave intermediate range nuke pact with Russia, Trump says


Trump claims Moscow has violated the agreement, but provided no details.

Unreleased City of Toronto draft reports urged council to stop risky ‘underinvestment’ in housing, transit

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Never-released recommendations say property taxes should match city’s expenses and that new taxes are needed.


Unburied fetuses, other bodies found in second Detroit funeral home

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Detroit police raided Perry Funeral Home Friday and allegedly seized 63 fetus or infant bodies, more than half of which were packed together in unrefrigerated boxes. This is the second Detroit funeral home this week where hidden caches of…


Candles, flashlights, no AC in Florida’s hurricane zone


More than a week after Hurricane Michael smashed into the Florida Panhandle on a path of destruction that led all the way to the Georgia border, more than 100,000 Florida customers were still without power, according to the state…


Afghans vote in parliamentary elections under threat by Taliban


At about 5 p.m., Kabul police said, a suicide bomber attempted to enter a polling station on the northern outskirts of the capital, then detonated when police tried to stop him, killing 10 civilian voters and five policemen. Elsewhere in…

They call it ‘The Well.’ A look at the massive hole at Spadina and Front

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Five cranes, hundreds of workers, a 20 metre hole: A look at what goes into running The Well, a massive, complex construction site for an ambitious retail/residential project that is nearing the end of its excavation phase.

Professor barred from university system for offering credit to students who protested Kavanaugh

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Susan Feiner, who was a tenured professor of economics at USM, had been outspoken as a faculty union leader and an advocate for students who said they had been sexually assaulted.


‘Stupid’ law preventing Canada’s re-engagement with Iran, says retired envoy

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Dennis Horak, who retired recently, said one obstacle is standing in the way: the passage in 2012 of Canada’s Justice for Victims of Terrorism Act, which allows victims of terrorism to sue countries that are listed as supporters of…

Daesh frees 6 hostages in exchange with Syrian government


The women and children were among 30 people kidnapped by Daesh in the southern province of Sweida on July 25 when they carried out a raid that left at least 216 people dead. One woman died in Daesh custody while another was shot dead. In…


Australia’s ruling coalition forced into minority government


In a stinging backlash from the electorate after the fourth toppling of an Australian leader by internal party vote in just eight years, a swing of more than 20 per cent against the sitting Liberals propelled independent candidate Kerryn…

Saturday, Oct 20

Swoop cancels 16 flights to the U.S., forcing thousands of passengers to change travel plans


Flights have been cancelled between Abbotsford, B.C., and Las Vegas, and between Hamilton and Las Vegas, Orlando, Tampa and Fort Lauderdale.

Milton woman claiming to be psychic charged with fraud, extortion, witchcraft


An alleged victim of the so-called psychic told police they were defrauded of more than $60,000.

California moves forward with pot delivery regulations


The state is looking to allow deliveries into communities that have banned retail sales of the drug.

Internal TTC briefing slams Presto’s ‘continued performance below targets’

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In the note obtained by the Star, the transit agency’s chief customer officer says “sporadic outages are all too frequent” and cites one incident which cost the agency $8,900 in lost fares over two days.

Friday, Oct 19

The real swing voters of Orange County: Wealthy California districts that are key to the U.S. midterms

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California is ignored in presidential elections, a sure Democratic win, but in the 2018 election, it is a battleground that could decide who controls the House of Representatives.

154 trees need to be replaced along Queens Quay, Waterfront Toronto says

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The trees were planted in 2015 as part of the revitalization process, but failed to thrive, according to a notice posted on the organization’s website Friday.

School trustees are spending your billions. Maybe you should vote for them

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As voters head to the polls Monday, whether they have kids or not, people should remember that school boards and trustees spend their money, shape their future and define their neighbourhoods.

He fell down an abandoned mine shaft, breaking both his legs. Then came the rattlesnakes

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“He is a very fortunate individual,” Operations Commander Roger Yensen of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Mountain Rescue Posse said Thursday of 62-year-old John Waddell.

Thursday, Oct 18

Pope Francis indicates willingness to visit North Korea


President Moon Jae-in “conveyed North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s desire for a papal visit to North Korea.”

EU moves to tighten borders, boost Africa ties on migrants


Well over 1 million migrants entered Europe in 2015, most of them Syrians and Iraqis fleeing conflict, but numbers have dropped significantly since the EU began outsourcing the challenge to Turkey.

Ex-USA Gymnastics president indicted on tampering charge tied to Larry Nassar sex abuse case


Former USA Gymnastics president Steve Penny was arrested Wednesday by a fugitive task force in Tennessee, and awaits extradition to Texas. Penny allegedly tampered with evidence in the sexual assault investigation of now-imprisoned…

Trump, Pompeo defend Saudi rulers as White House strategy shifts in Khashoggi case


The double-barrelled defence of the Saudi rulers signalled a shift in White House strategy and suggested the administration has decided to help its most important ally in the Arab world defuse international outrage over the fate of Jamal…

Wednesday, Oct 17

Melania Trump visits babies, moms affected by opioid crisis


U.S. First lady Melania Trump toured a hospital’s neonatal care unit Wednesday to learn about the treatment given to newborns suffering from opioid withdrawal, after she was initially delayed by mechanical issues on her plane.

How much will cannabis cost you? Here’s a breakdown by province

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Most provinces are selling marijuana online through government-owned portals. We’re checking out the prices as they appear online.

‘Happy new years weed’ Halifax as city rocks out to legalized pot


Halifax became one of the first cities in Canada to allow legal weed and hundreds celebrated at a countdown to legalization concert.

Police investigating seven Winnipeg students hurt in fiery crash


Winnipeg police say an SUV full of teens ended up in a ditch Friday afternoon, sending seven students to hospital.

Tuesday, Oct 16

Veterans and cannabis: ‘I went from arresting people with drugs to using medical marijuana’


So pressing is the need that the medical cannabis centre is making veterans a partial focus of its second annual scientific conference on April 12 and 13, 2019.

Koreas and UN Command meet to discuss disarming border


South Korea’s Defence Ministry said the talks at the Panmunjom border village mark the first meeting between the Koreas and the UN Command to discuss ways to demilitarize the village’s Joint Security Area.

Among the ruins of Mexico Beach stands a house built ‘for the big one’


Family’s five bedroom, five bathroom mansion was built to withstand winds up to 250 miles per hour.

Washington Archdiocese releases names of 28 credibly accused priests


The letter comes amid huge turmoil in a part of the American church that seemed to have evaded the abuse crisis.